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Another record for COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maine

Maine has set another record for the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

On Monday, 261 people were hospitalized, 72 of whom were in intensive care and 35 on ventilators. That’s an increase of 12 from Sunday. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,935 people in Maine have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

As hospitals deal with a constant population of COVID-19 patients, many have had to postpone elective surgeries or keep people in the emergency room longer than usual. Staff shortages have made things even more challenging.

Hospital admissions are still declining across the country, but are beginning to level off somewhat. According to the US CDC, an average of 38,845 people are hospitalized each day, a decrease of 32 percent from this time last month.

New numbers of COVID-19 cases won’t be released on Monday as CDC staff don’t process tests over the weekend, but Maine’s most recent seven-day case average, 490, remains at a sustained high level. Cases across the country also started ticking back after several weeks of declining numbers. According to the US CDC, the seven-day US average is 78,552, a 9 percent increase over the past two weeks.

The most recent seven-day average number of cases in the US is 166 per 100,000 people. Maine’s rate is slightly higher, 194 cases per 100,000 people, which is 26th among all states.

In all, Maine has recorded 111,114 confirmed or probable cases of the virus and 1,230 people have died. Both are among the lowest per capita of any state.

Meanwhile, vaccinations in Maine continue at a steady pace, with doses for 5-11 year olds and booster injections contributing significantly. More than 10,000 doses were administered last Wednesday, the first day of more than 10,000 since May 21.

In all, Maine administered 951,636 final doses of vaccine, representing 70.8 percent of all residents. In addition, 166,585 individuals received booster doses. Boosters are recommended for anyone 65 and older who originally received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, as well as anyone with immunodeficiencies and anyone who works or lives in a high-risk environment. Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine are advised to get a booster regardless of their age.

Of the elementary school age children, 10,943 children received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, or 11.3 percent of all children in that age group. As has been the case for much of the state’s vaccination efforts to date, there are wide geographic differences.

In Lincoln County, 21 percent of younger children received the first dose, and 19 percent in Cumberland County. In six counties — Franklin, Piscataquis, Washington, Somerset, Androscoggin, and Aroostook — less than 5 percent of 5-11-year-olds have had a chance.

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